Indianapolis 500 Wrap up

Helio Castroneves Wins The Indianapolis 500

5/24/09 in IndyCar   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect


The splendor and tradition that is Indianapolis was present from the opening moments of the telecast.  Jim Nabors singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" once more, after so many years of doing so.  The introduction of the drivers, the grandstands on both sides of the start/finish line.  It's all heart warming and perfectly wonderful.

Our resident expert, gearhead is there in person, and hopefully will give us a complete, "this is what it was like" article when he returns, but for now, here's a quick recap, in case you missed the race.

The race got underway on time, and immediately became a race that would be one for the record books.  ESPN announced that THREE of the drivers' wives are expecting, one of them today.  As a matter of fact, she was in labor, not that her husband knew it.

Marco Andretti and Mario Moraes were the first two to make contact, resulting in both being declared out of the race, for all intents and purposes.  Other favorites followed, including Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal and Vitor Meira.  All were in spectacular fashion, with Tony suffering minor injuries.

By the last quarter of the race, there were only a few drivers in the running to win it., Dan Wheldon, Danica Patrick, Scott Dixon and the eventual winner, Helio, among others.  The finish was a little anticlimactic though, with Helio winning by seconds, rather than 10ths of seconds.

It was one of THE most emotional wins I have ever seen.  Helio and his sister both sobbing as he crossed the finish line and continuing up until the first sip of milk.  He was barely able to gather himself to be interviewed.  He did though, and thanked all the appropriate people.  All in all, the Indy 500 was all we have come to expect, at least from my armchair, we'll have to see what it was like up close and personal when Eric returns.
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5/24/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
yeah that's what he said, same spot, but he also said something about it being someone else's "move" that contributed to his hitting the wall.......

I know you'll call it whining, but having saw it on the replay telecast, Milka was in front of him. That's, well, that's what happens with Milka around.

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Eric_ wrote:
And I thought, "What the hell, Graham? Exact same spot as last year." I felt like a disappointed dad.

yeah that's what he said, same spot, but he also said something about it being someone else's "move" that contributed to his hitting the wall.......

5/24/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I didn't know you would be back so soon!!!  I'm so sorry to hear that about Vitor.  He and Tony both had a rough day.
BTW I thought of you as soon as Graham hit the wall

And I thought, "What the hell, Graham? Exact same spot as last year." I felt like a disappointed dad.

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Vitor broke two vertebrae in his back unfortunately. It happened almost right in front of me, and it looked bad. Luckily it wasn't worse.

Great run by Helio, and the entire top five really.

Good race, great crowd, nearly perfect weather. Bring on next year!

I didn't know you would be back so soon!!!  I'm so sorry to hear that about Vitor.  He and Tony both had a rough day.
BTW I thought of you as soon as Graham hit the wall

5/24/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Vitor broke two vertebrae in his back unfortunately. It happened almost right in front of me, and it looked bad. Luckily it wasn't worse.

Great run by Helio, and the entire top five really.

Good race, great crowd, nearly perfect weather. Bring on next year!

5/24/09   |   dukie911   |   50 respect

Wow, SOOO unexpected (snicker)

5/24/09   |   rjoelmc

One WICKED wreck on the wall, but no serious injuries. Great race, was glad to see Helio win it!

5/24/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

I'm also glad Danica proved she can do more than just strip. Although, I have no problem with that either.

5/24/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Clearly better than dancing with the stars!

5/24/09   |   snbslugger

After all he's been through, good for him, honestly.